Important Questions to Ask about Protein and Nutrition

by richard on September 23, 2015

There is SO MUCH HYPE, EMBEDDED TALKING/BRANDING POINTS AND MIS-INFORMATION ABOUT NUTRITION. Now that I have that off my chest… How does a person know what to believe when it comes to nutrition? Good question. I have my own experience of being whole food, plant-based since February 2013 among other things. So far I have not gone insane from lack of protein, I’ve run several half-marathons, my doctor says my blood work is great, and I have not been sick since we started eating like this. It seems like whole food, plant-based eating has not made me any less healthy than someone who eats animal based foods (meat, dairy, eggs, oil, etc) and I think I feel better. I believe my running is better.

So, these two questions…The first is the most common a plant based person gets. The other is controversial, but a very important question none the less.

Question 1. Where do you get your protein?

This is the question I hear first when someone finds out I don’t eat meat, diary, eggs, or oil. Often the questioner’s voice has certain tone. Galileo heard this tone when he told his priest the earth was not the center of the universe and Oliver Wendell Holmes heard it when he suggested that doctors wash their hands and change clothes after each baby they delivered

Question 2 a&b. How much protein does a person need every day? How did we all come to believe that protein is synonymous with meat, diary, and eggs? We’ll address each of these questions in greater detail in a later post.  Keep in mind that the recommended minimum amount of protein can vary quite a bit and why that is so is an interesting subject in itself.

 Here is the minimum (notice the word minimum) daily amount of protein a human can consume and survive well.  35-50 grams a day  

All fresh, whole food contains protein. What I mean by fresh whole food is food that is not processed, does not have additives to preserve flavor and freshness, is not commercially enhanced or refined, food that spoils and goes bad. If you eat enough calories per day you have eaten enough protein. That’s it.

Eat enough fresh, colorful, whole food to be satisfied when you feel hungry, however often in the day that may be, and you will have eaten enough protein.

Here are links to two lists of the amount of protein found in non animal based foods along with some brilliant articles and information. The No Meat Athlete has a lot of great info on plant-based athletics.


Richard Maas is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Lymphatic Therapist, drummer, and gardener. He and his wife Dianne started practicing massage in 1990.

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